Peche Island Erosion Mitigation and Fish Habitat Project
November 10, 2022
Three years of work to provide long-term erosion protection for Peche Island are now complete.
In collaboration with the Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA), City staff oversaw the creation of natural barriers, in the form of nine sheltering islands and a 600-metre revetment wall, installed in the water along the north and northeast sides of the island aimed at preventing erosion damage and enhancing fish habitat.
Due to strong river currents and heavy wave action from freighters, Peche Island has decreased in area by nearly 17 acres since 1931. Erosion control measures were taken where over 5,605 tonnes of stone and rock were laid along the northeast shoreline to create a 600-metre-long revetment wall, and over 11,785 tonnes of stone and rock were expertly placed on the north side of Peche Island to construct nine offshore sheltering islands, each measuring 50 metres in length. The primary purpose is for erosion control, where the sheltering islands also provide enhancement of fish habitat, particularly for the species-at-risk Northern Madtom.
The project cost approximately $4.5 million and was paid for by a partnership of City, ERCA, and various funding sources.
“Peche Island is a treasure for our city and region. This work is going to help ensure the island remains a recreation destination and protected environmental habitat for generations to come.” – Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens
“This project is a tremendous example of how all three levels of government can work together to solve shoreline erosion issues and build aquatic habitat at the same time. The project will mitigate the loss of further land on Pêche Island, which will also help with local water quality by reducing soil erosion. We are already seeing the positive effects of the habitat features built with the submerged aquatic vegetation beginning to grow and mature.” – ERCA Director of Conservation Services Kevin Money
Peche Island Interpretation Materials
The DRCC in partnership with the City of Windsor has designed three new interpretation and outreach products to share the story of Peche Island! The three products include a video highlighting the significant erosion mitigation, habitat restoration and partnership project, completed in fall 2022 as well as a new visitor brochure and map (available in print at the Ojibway Nature Centre) and an interpretation panel that will be on display, traveling with the DRCC and available to view at the Ojibway Nature Centre.